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Are wontons a form of pasta? Govt says yes

AAP logoAAP 30/11/2016 Roje Adaimy

Don't tell nonna, but Australia is cooking up a new definition of pasta.

The federal government has been forced to broaden the meaning of the familiar Italian wheat noodle to help it better deal with imported products.

A recent court ruling has created some confusion about whether potato gnocchi, noodles of any country or products made of noodle dough are classified as pasta.

But changes introduced to parliament on Wednesday make it clear that the term 'pasta' includes any kneaded noodle dough formed into sheets or other shapes.

In a move that's sure to stir the pot, the proposal will cover rice noodles, wonton skins, Udon noodles and buckwheat noodles - cooked, uncooked, stuffed or not.

Government minister Alex Hawke said it ensures goods imported into Australia are classified consistently with trading partners and international obligations.

It won't, however, change the amount of customs duty paid on affected products.

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